Looking for Brisbane’s best intimate ceremony spaces? Somewhere that will work perfectly for a wedding ceremony with under 20 guests? An intimate space for your weekday wedding? Well, look no further as we present to you our ultimate guide to our favourite small ceremony spaces in Brisbane, Queensland, as chosen by our celebrant and The Weekday Wedding Co. founder, Roxy Hotten.
Parks and Rec
With more than 2,100 parks in Brisbane, it can be hard to find one which ticks all your boxes. The Weekday Wedding Co. loves an outdoor wedding, but as it sometimes rains in this sub-tropical city of ours, we’ve listed ones which have a rotunda to give your guests a bit of protection, just in case!
With all of these venues, permits are required for exclusive and guaranteed use. For The Weekday Wedding Co. couples, we can arrange this on your behalf at extra cost.
New Farm Park
Arguably one of Brisbane’s most loved and used parks, New Farm has a special spot in The Weekday Wedding Co.’s heart. Firstly, it’s nestled alongside Brisbane River, presenting the most delightful view of city in one direction. Secondly, it has the perfect wedding wet-weather option with its Victorian-era bandstand, and thirdly, it’s a perfect spot for a post-nuptials picnic and is one of the few parks in Brisbane which allows consumption of alcohol.
If you’re a Brisbane-ite, chances are you’ve driven past this park many a time, especially on a visit to the Ekka or to the RBWH. However, it’s a much overlooked, yet truly special park, with a rotunda which can be used as a wet weather option and stunning landscaping. It’s also close to a variety of great eateries in King Street for a post-ceremony celebration, including Montrachet with a private dining room.
We love a river view, and Newstead Park has one of the best, nestled alongside one of Brisbane’s most historical properties, Newstead House (built in 1846), and our very own Brisbane River.
With its rotunda overlooking the river, all pristine and white, this is a perfect ceremony space for those wanting a private, gorgeous spot to conduct their weekday wedding. It’s close enough to James Street and the variety of eateries, including those with private dining rooms such as Gerards Bistro and Bucci Italian
Moora Park is located in Shorncliffe, a quiet, peaceful suburb of Brisbane. The park itself is high above Moreton Bay, with Shorncliffe Pier in the background. The rotunda is on the smaller side, but is perfect for elopements. With the beach at Lower Moora Park, Shorncliffe Pier, and the romantically entitled ‘Lovers Walk’ there’s plenty of photo opportunities post-ceremony, and dining wise, a meal at the ever-popular Full Moon Hotel is always a winner for casual, laid-back post-ceremony celebrations.
Drevesen Park, based in the waterfront suburb of Manly, Southside of Brisbane, is another quiet park with a pretty, small rotunda, perfect for elopements or micro-weddings. The fresh, sea breezes are especially perfect during high tide. Who knows – you may even see a dolphin or two!
Post ceremony, head to Waterloo Bay Hotel, where the function team can arrange a package to suit your needs.
Roma Street Parklands
Any true-blue Brisbane-ite of a certain age will remember the days when, if you suggested Roma Street Parklands as a place to hold your wedding, they would have thought you had lost your marbles.
Those days are well and truly over. Roma Street has various spaces, including lawns, lake-side or rainforest style areas which can be booked for exclusive use. It offers a wet-weather option, just in case.
Post ceremony, Roma Street Parklands is close enough to the Brisbane’s Central Business District to give you many options for food and drinks. Some of our favourites include the cellar at Baedeker, the classy, classic Donna Chang, and, for something a bit different, one of Brisbane’s best Indian restuarants at Hertiji.
Eat, Drink, and Be Married
If you’re looking for a venue where you can hold your micro-wedding ceremony and your reception, these venues all have the capacity for this. If any of these work for you, and you would like to use The Weekday Wedding Co. elopement or micro-wedding packages, please contact the venue directly to check availability and cost before booking one of our packages.
Howard Smith Wharves
Howard Smith Wharves has it all; location (right by Brisbane River, underneath the cliffs), history, style and sophistication. We love the variety of wedding ceremony and reception locations they offer, from the very intimate Citrus House, perfect for an elopement, through to Howard’s Hall which can house over 1,000 guests.
One of our favourites is Bougainvillea House, located at the very end of Howard Smith Wharves. This beautiful, all white building offers a true sub-tropical, relaxed feel for you and your guests, perfect for those who want an elegant yet relaxed ceremony and reception.
Reception-wise, Howard Smith Wharves provides catering, with a food philosophy of local, seasonal, handmade. The events team (contact here) at Howard Smith Wharves know how to look after their guests, and will provide you with top class service with a relaxed vibe.
From the outside, Spicers Balfour Hotel looks every part the traditional Queenslander. However, don’t be fooled. This is a luxury venue, hosting some secrets within.
Built in 1910, it boasts an interesting history, before being lovingly transformed into one of The Weekday Wedding Co.’s most passionate venue crushes.
Located in New Farm, it’s inner Brisbane location doesn’t detract from the tranquility of the venue. It’s a true example of luxury meets history, and it’s personality shining through. With views of the Story Bridge from it’s rooftop bar, to it’s mouth-watering food, provided by award winning chef, Nick Stapleton, this venue ticks every box for those wanting a small, intimate wedding that is big on style and quality.
The team at Spicers know how to devise a wedding package that will meet your needs, and can be contacted via here.
One of the (many) reasons we love Brisbane is because it never ceases to surprise us. When we conducted our first wedding at Hanworth House, we fell in love. Dating over 150 years in age, this characterful home is listed on the Queensland Heritage Register, and boasts stylish design features, lovingly restored by its current owners when it reopened in 2014.
Its cute as anything courtyard is designed as if it had intimate weddings in mind. The property also has a marquee which can be used for reception and as a back up ceremony space if the weather is not on your side.
The team at Hanworth House are truly passionate about this property, and will help you make your intimate wedding perfect. Contact them here.
Hunter and Scout
Hunter and Scout is one of our favourite brunch spots in Brisbane. But did you know they also do weddings?
This tropical oasis, nestled in Graceville, has it all; fantastic food, ambiance by the truck-load, and privacy. This, coupled with the incredibly helpful and friendly staff, makes Hunter and Scout an ideal option for those wanting an intimate wedding where they can really spoil their guests with good food and drinks, without breaking the bank.
Contact the team at Hunter and Scout to talk through your requirements.
Brisbane is changing at a rapid rate. It seems like there’s a new venue every month, or sometimes, every week. The Weekday Wedding Co. keeps its finger on the wedding market pulse in Brisbane, and we know what’s what.
If you are looking for a spot for your elopement or micro-wedding, we’re happy to help you find your perfect venue.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +61 478041227.